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Thu Sep 26, 2013, 08:20 AM

The Man Who Saved The World (2013)

30 years ago today ...


1983 In the USSR Stanislav Petrov disobeys procedures and ignores electronic alarms indicating five incoming nuclear missiles, believing the US would launch more than five if it wanted to start a war. His decision prevented a retaliatory attack that would have begun a nuclear war between the superpowers...

http://www.historynet.com/today-in-history/september-26

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Reply The Man Who Saved The World (2013) (Original post)
MinM Sep 2013 OP
Nay Sep 2013 #1
fasttense Sep 2013 #2
lunasun Sep 2013 #4
HatTrick Sep 2013 #3
formercia Sep 2013 #8
Make7 Sep 2013 #12
jakeXT Sep 2013 #5
MinM Sep 2013 #7
LongTomH Sep 2013 #14
MinM Oct 2013 #15
trof Sep 2013 #6
MinM Sep 2013 #9
snagglepuss Sep 2013 #10
Indi Guy Sep 2013 #11
Douglas Carpenter Sep 2013 #13

Response to MinM (Original post)

Thu Sep 26, 2013, 08:49 AM

1. Wow. I did not know this. My hat's off to you, Mr Petrov -- if the tables

had been turned, I wonder whether your US counterpart would have been as thoughtful.

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Response to MinM (Original post)

Thu Sep 26, 2013, 09:04 AM

2. See what happens when you question authority

 

and questions the orders given you.

You can save a world.

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Response to fasttense (Reply #2)

Thu Sep 26, 2013, 09:11 AM

4. +1

Think before you act = still a good idea

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Response to MinM (Original post)

Thu Sep 26, 2013, 09:07 AM

3. The Brink of Apocalypse

A fuller picture of Stanislav Petrov and the NATO exercise 'Able Archer 83' that almost caused WWIII are described in the 1hr documentary 'The Brink of Apocalypse'.
You can see the whole thing in 10 min parts here:


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Response to HatTrick (Reply #3)

Thu Sep 26, 2013, 10:59 AM

8. I was there during Able Archer '83

I was on the IRT (Incident Response Team). Our job was to be the First Responders. I watched it happen in Real Time. It was a matter of Seconds.

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Response to HatTrick (Reply #3)

Sun Sep 29, 2013, 09:44 PM

12. Link to playlist with all eight videos and also a single full length version:

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Response to MinM (Original post)

Thu Sep 26, 2013, 09:12 AM

5. Another saver

The Man Who Saved the World: Full Episode

http://video.pbs.org/video/2295274962/



Vasili Arkhipov and wife Olga Arkhipova Collection of photos of Vasili Arkhipov, ‘The Man Who Saved the World’ from the personal archive of his widow Olga Arkhipova. Vasili Alexandrovich Arkhipov was a Soviet naval officer, who, during the Cuban Missile Crisis prevented the launch of a nuclear torpedo and therefore a possible nuclear war.

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Response to jakeXT (Reply #5)

Thu Sep 26, 2013, 10:36 AM

7. Thanks .. jakeXT

I thought that there was a similar story from the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Of course JFK had his hands full holding off the crazies at our end.

General Curtis LeMay: You're in a pretty bad fix, Mr. President...



President Kennedy: Well, maybe you haven't noticed: You're in it with me.

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Response to MinM (Reply #7)

Mon Sep 30, 2013, 02:02 PM

14. Gen. Curtis LeMay was a real piece of work!

For those old enough to remember, he was the lovely chap who wanted to "bomb North Vietnam back to the Stone Age."

He was also the author of the WWII fire-bombing campaign that killed more Japanese civilians than the 2 nuclear bombs.

The high altitude bombing attacks using general purpose bombs were observed to be ineffective by USAAF leaders. Changing tactics to expand the coverage and increase the damage, Curtis LeMay ordered the bombers to fly lower (4,500–8,000 ft, 1,400–2,400 m) and drop incendiary bombs to burn Japan's vulnerable wood-and-paper buildings. The first such raid on Tokyo was in February 1945 when 174 B-29s destroyed around one square mile (3 km˛) of Tokyo. The next month, 334 B-29s took off to raid on the night of 9–10 March ("Operation Meetinghouse", with 279 of them dropping around 1,700 tons of bombs. Fourteen B-29s were lost. Approximately 16 square miles (41 km2) of the city were destroyed and some 100,000 people are estimated to have died in the resulting firestorm, more immediate deaths than either of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The US Strategic Bombing Survey later estimated that nearly 88,000 people died in this one raid, 41,000 were injured, and over a million residents lost their homes. The Tokyo Fire Department estimated a higher toll: 97,000 killed and 125,000 wounded. The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department established a figure of 124,711 casualties including both killed and wounded and 286,358 buildings and homes destroyed. Richard Rhodes, historian, put deaths at over 100,000, injuries at a million and homeless residents at a million.

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Response to jakeXT (Reply #5)

Wed Oct 9, 2013, 10:50 PM

15. PBS: Secrets of the Dead

My local PBS station carried that tonight...
Secrets of the Dead : The Man Who Saved the World

S12, E01 (First Aired: October 23, 2012)

An officer aboard a Soviet submarine refuses to fire a nuclear torpedo during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.

http://tvlistings.zap2it.com/tv/secrets-of-the-dead-the-man-who-saved-the-world/EP003644950081?aid=zap2it

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Response to MinM (Original post)

Thu Sep 26, 2013, 09:53 AM

6. K&R

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Response to MinM (Original post)

Sun Sep 29, 2013, 04:27 PM

10. k and r

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Response to MinM (Original post)

Sun Sep 29, 2013, 04:44 PM

11. I'm speechless...

k

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Response to MinM (Original post)

Mon Sep 30, 2013, 01:31 AM

13. knr

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